Another fun thing to do in Bandung besides shopping and sightseeing is visiting museum. One of the most famous museums in Bandung is Geology Museum. It is probably the most complete museum in Indonesia of its kind. Geology Museum was built by the Dutch in 1928, and originally aimed as a laboratory and storage for geological and mining objects. Nowadays, Geology Museum becomes the information center related to geological matters. It has many collections of first human skull fossils, prehistoric animal skeleton fossils, geological materials, rocks, and several interesting displays. The most incredible collection is 156-kilogram meteorite that fell on March 30, 1884, in Jatipelangon, Madiun. Geology Museum has two exhibition floors, and each floor is divided into some sections. On the first floor, there are three main rooms: orientation room, west wing, and east wing. The orientation room provides an information area for students and researchers. The room shows a geographical map of Indonesia with an animation of geological activities in Indonesia. West wing is known as Indonesian geology room. It has various kinds of rocks and mineral in Indonesia. There are several displays of Indonesian volcanoes such as Krakatoa, Galunggung, Merapi, etc, and the information about tectonic activities in Indonesia. The east wing is named the History of Life room, featuring the history of organisms from the primitive age to the modern one. In this room you will be amazed by the gigantic fossil replica of Tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex).
Second floor is divided into west room, middle room, and east room. West room is a room for the staffs of Geology Museum, whereas the displays are in the middle room and east room, which are known as the geology rooms of human life. The middle room displays the mockup of gold mining in Papua, its history and products. The east room is divided into 7 smaller rooms that generally show the effects of geology to human life. The displays signify people that every aspect of life, including geology, has two sides, good and bad. Geology matters can be useful or damaging, which all depends to the humans themselves.
Geology Museum is located at Jl. Diponegoro No. 57 Bandung. It is near Gedung Sate and Gasibu. If you plan on getting around Bandung by public transportation called angkot, there are some possible tracks of angkot you can take. From Jl. Cihampelas, take angkot with the track Ledeng – Cicaheum; from Jl. Ir. Hj. Djuanda (Dago), take Dago – Riung Bandung angkot; and from Jl. Riau (factory outlets area), take angkot with the track Riung Bandung – Dago or Panghegar – Dipatiukur. All of those angkots pass through Geology Museum at Jl. Diponegoro.
Geology Museum opens on Mondays to Thursdays at 8 am – 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 am – 2 pm. The museum is closed on Fridays and national holidays for treatment and maintenance. Visiting Geology Museum is a cheap traveling in Bandung since the ticket is only IDR 2,000 for public, and IDR 1,500 for students. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can visit Geology Museum for free. For more information about Geology Museum, please call (+6222) 7213822.